Even More Michigan Restaurants Receive COVID-19 License Suspensions, Fines, and Restraining Orders

Jan 05, 2021 08:11 AM EST | By Josh Summers (staff@foodworldnews.com)

Even More Michigan Restaurants Receive COVID-19 License Suspensions, Fines, and Restraining Orders
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A closed restaurant on Michigan avenue is seen during the "shelter in place" order that was continued until April 30 for the COVID-19 crisis in downtown on April 01, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The coronavirus pandemic has spread to at least 180 countries and territories across the world, claiming over 40,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more.

Alongside the restrictions, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issues to the state's local restaurants and bars, Michigan restaurant suspension is still ongoing due to openly disregarding the state's health department guidelines.

With this, the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association (MRLA) issues guidelines for restaurants and local diners that will reopen alongside the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (MIOSHA) workplace requirements. However, some of the local restaurants and establishments fail to adhere to the guidelines causing them suspensions to their licenses and fines for some.

Michigan Restaurants Defying Orders

In a report by Detroit Eater, Plymouth ROC Restaurant, Powell's Pub in Ypsilanti, Sahara Restaurant in Sterling Heights, and Mike's Sports Page in Charlotte, are among the latest business establishments to have emergency suspensions of their liquor licenses and permits issued by the state.

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Fox Detroit adds that a local café named Café Rosetta receives another temporary restraining order after it demonstrates its defiance against the local federal government when it resumes or continues its operations even with its license suspended.

Detroit Free Press mentions an Ingham County judge issuing a temporary restraining order to Café Rosetta who was hit with a warning, fines, and a cease-and-desist order after pursuing dine-in service during the pandemic, and after the Michigan state subjects an extension of margins in response to COVID-19 on November 15.

Detroit Eater adds that the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration fines Andy's Pizza located in Jackson for 1,000 US Dollars for violating the COVID-19 workplace safety requirements.

Michigan Distillery on Hand Sanitizers

Out of generosity, 7 News reports that distillery owners in the Michigan State have made an effort to produce hand sanitizers in response to COVID-19, which may cost them thousands of dollars. However, Detroit Eater notes that the waves the thousands of dollars will be waived by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Detroit Eater furthers that both Michigan and national organizations who represent the spirit industry argues that it was not right to fine the companies in seeking a way to help fight SARS-CoV-2, which causes the notorious respiratory disease.

Michigan Restaurants COVID-19 rules and regulations

According to Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association (MRLA), the guidelines they have provided for the restaurants and other food establishments encompasses the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Environmental protection Agency (EPA), National Restaurant Association (NRA), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Executive orders from the state's Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and Michigan Economic Recovery Council (MERC).

Moreover, the MIOSHA's workplace requirement consists of requirements for all workplaces, exposure risks, COVID-19 preparedness, and response plan that business establishments need to adhere to for them to operate.

Restaurant suspension by the response of Michigan state aside from getting fines from business establishments that are defiant against their rules and regulations. South Bend Tribune notes Governor Whitmer's extension of the ban on indoor dining until January 15, 2021 but will consider lifting it earlier once the hospitalization and mortality on COVID-19 continue to decrease.
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